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How Much Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is Needed For MMA?

How much Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) do you have to know to succeed in MMA? BJJ has become an essential martial art for MMA. If and when the fight comes to the ground, BJJ is one of the best grappling martial arts to finish the match on the ground.

In MMA, it is essential that you know how to fight on your feet with punches and kicks, as well as on the ground. This is where BJJ comes in handy.

What belt color do you need in BJJ to succeed in MMA?

There is no rule on what belt color you should have, but it goes without saying, the better you are, the higher your chances of winning are when the fight goes to the ground.

You could focus your MMA mostly on ground fighting and therefore train more BJJ than striking and kicking martial arts.

On the other hand, if you wish to beat your opponent via mostly punches and kicks, you could focus more on them and less on BJJ and grappling. However, it is good to know at least some BJJ or other grappling martial art, if your opponent forces you to take the fight to the ground.

Why is Brazilian jiu-jitsu important in MMA?

BJJ is one of the most effective grappling martial arts, making it a good option for MMA as well. By learning BJJ, you will learn how to defend yourself against chokes and fight with your back on the ground.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is also a great way to chance the way the fight is going, if your opponent has a much better punch and kick game than you do. When taking the fight to close combat, your opponent can not so easily throw punches or kicks.

When you first start learning BJJ, at the beginning, it mostly helps you defend yourself. If you want to win the fight with BJJ alone, you have to be very good at it. Chances are your opponent knows how to avoid the basic chokes and locks.

Is Brazilian jiu-jitsu necessary for MMA?

BJJ is not necessary to do MMA, but it is one of the best grappling martial arts. You can do other ground fighting / grappling sport as well, if BJJ is not your thing.

It is still good to know some grappling martial art, if the fight is taken to the ground. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a great option for this. More about why BJJ is so popular in this post.

Alternatives to BJJ could be judo or wrestling, for example.

Should you do BJJ or MMA?

Whether you should do BJJ, or MMA is all up to you. Keep in mind that MMA is a combination of multiple different fighting styles, so starting with BJJ could help you more if you later decide to go for MMA.

In MMA, you will get some ground fighting experience, but it’s only one part of the training. BJJ focuses almost exclusively on ground fighting. If you feel like you want to learn the whole sport of MMA at once, go for MMA. If, on the other hand, you want to first train some ground fighting, before entering the MMA ring, that is a valid option as well.

Do all MMA fighters train BJJ?

The answer is no. Not all MMA fighters train BJJ, nor do they have black belts in it. BJJ is just one option for ground fighting martial arts you can use in your MMA fighting style. BJJ is very popular due to its efficiency in fighting. Even that not all MMA fighters train it, it is a good choice.

Final thoughts

Even though Brazilian jiu-jitsu is not necessary to do MMA, it is a good option for ground fighting. It is not so popular for no reason. It really is very effective for ground fighting.

Like I mentioned, there are alternatives if you do not want to train BJJ. Also, you can train BJJ with a gi or no-gi, so that gives additional options for your preferences. For MMA purposes, I think no-gi is better, since training BJJ with a gi has some moves based on your opponent having a gi on, which is not the case in MMA fights.

Other BJJ-related posts can be found here.

Hopefully this was helpful to you, have a nice day.


What is Brazilian jiu-jitsu?

Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a martial art that focuses on ground fighting. This means it focuses on taking the fight to the ground and finishing the fight with joint locks or chokeholds. Brazilian jiu-jitsu was developed around 1920’s, and was modified from judo. Nowadays, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is an essential martial art for MMA.

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